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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Inflammation Response May Affect Male Fertility


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Survey On Couple's Fertility Shows Couples Misinformed

I found the following article interesting about how couples may be misinformed about what to expect when trying to conceive. Read more:

Couples Quiet When It Comes To Concerns About Fertility (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

From the article:

"It is clear that many couples planning to have a baby are misinformed about both the difficulties associated with getting pregnant and the resources available to them," said Brad Imler, President of the American Pregnancy Association. "This lack of education can contribute not only to delays in pursuing medical intervention when it is necessary, but also in elevating anxiety for those who are unaware that getting pregnant can often take more than a few months of trying."

Men and Women Think Differently When it Comes to Fertility

In the survey, a clear disparity was found between men and women in both their concerns as well as their understanding of factors that could negatively impact their ability to conceive. While both men and women are aware that advanced maternal age can affect their chances of conceiving, many men (44 percent) are unaware that their fertility also declines with age . Women surveyed express considerable concern about their own age impacting fertility but none are aware that female fertility begins to decline at about age 26--in fact, 39 percent of the women surveyed believe there is no decline until age 35.

Lifestyle factors and their impact on the ability to conceive were also viewed differently between the sexes. 44 percent of men are unaware that heavy exposure to saunas and hot tubs could negatively impact their fertility, while most women are well aware of this particular risk. Alternatively, 48 percent of women surveyed believe that moderate alcohol consumption could affect their fertility and while it is not considered beneficial studies show it has no bearing on their fertility.

When it comes to understanding which partner is most likely contributing to difficulties conceiving, both men and women appear to be equally misinformed. In fact, while 65 percent of those surveyed believe that men and women are about equally likely to experience fertility problems most (90 percent) are unaware that in many cases both partners could have factors contributing to their difficulty conceiving. In addition, both male and female partners are more concerned about the woman's fertility and her ability to conceive than the male partner's and may be limiting their conversations related to these misperceptions. In fact, underestimating the role that both partners play in understanding fertility and their own status is often a key obstacle in many couples' efforts to conceive and an important factor in their ability to discuss concerns surrounding conception.

"Fertility is as much a couple's issue as conception and child-rearing itself," said Robert Thompson, President of Genosis Inc, the makers of Fertell. "It is here that so many couples miss the boat and end up suffering a tremendous amount of needless anxiety down the road."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Woman, 47 Pregnant Naturally 12 Years After Babies Born Through IVF

 (my website had a number of articles about this phenomenon - scroll down to the bottom of the home page for more articles on this subject) 

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Hormone Disrupting Sunscreens

If You Are Trying To Conceive Over 40, Look At What's In Your Sunscreen

With warmer weather either here or on the way, most of us are spending more time outside in the sun.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Most of us have heard about the importance of using sunscreen and I must admit I'm a bit obsessed with it. That's one reason why the following article really caught my eye. You may want to check the list of ingredients in your favorite sunscreen - some of them could actually hurt your chances of conceiving because of hormone disrupting chemicals. The following article which ran in The Denver Post tells more:

A Skin Deep Dilemma

From the article:

KNOW YOUR CHEMICALS.

Sunscreens are regulated by the FDA, which allows only 17 active ingredients. Two of these are minerals — titanium dioxide and zinc oxide — which work by reflecting and scattering the sun's rays away from your body. The rest are chemicals, which absorb the sun's rays and keep them from causing damage.

According to the Environmental Working Group, not all these chemicals are created equal. The group analyzed nearly 400 studies and 60 government, academic and industry databases before issuing its report on sunscreens last summer. It found numerous studies showing that the most common sunscreen chemical, octinoxate, can act like estrogen in the body, increasing the risk of breast cancer and uterine damage.

But octinoxate is not as bad as oxybenzone, the second-most common sunscreen chemical, or PABA or its derivative, padimate O. Both of these ingredients may damage cells, disrupt hormones and cause allergic reactions, according to a variety of studies.

The least harmful active ingredients in sunscreens include titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and avobenzone, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Check out the group's rankings at cosmeticsdatabase.com. You can type in the name of your sunscreen, scroll down and see how it ranks in terms of sun protection and potential chemical danger.


I think most of us also need to remember that some sun exposure is good. As time goes on, we're realizing the importance of vitamin D.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Good News About Over 40 Motherhood!


Pregnancy Over 40, Motherhood Over 40 May Make You Healthier!

If you've undergone assisted reproduction, you may have heard or read about the possibility of fertility drugs increasing your risk of ovarian cancer.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 The last I've read is that there is no connection between the two, however, every time I turn around, I read some new risk associated with fertility drugs. Between my cycles of Clomid and my IVF's, my ovaries certainly got their workout.

Well, there's some encouraging news if you do become pregnant later in life (and let's be optimistic that you will):

Late Motherhood May Protect Ovaries

From the article:

The women who had babies later in life were much less likely to have had ovarian cancer, they found.

"We asked was it true for women who only had one baby, was it true for women who only had two babies," Pike said in a telephone interview. The number of children did not matter.

"We found it was pretty consistent."

Hormones may play key role
Earlier studies have shown that having children late in life also protects against cancer of the endometrium Ч the lining of the uterus, said Pike.

He believes that the surge in the hormone progesterone that is seen in pregnancy may be a factor in both cancers.

"This level of progestins might very well be fatal to early disease," Pike said.

In addition, the uterus is "cleaned out" with birth and the delivery of the placenta, perhaps taking away aging cells that are more likely to become cancerous, Pike said.

Pike believes the findings could have implications for preventing ovarian cancer, which, while rare, is deadly. "If you could work this out you could possibly do some prevention," he said.

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